A major player throughout the post-grunge boom of the late’90’s, Lit featured the combined talents of frontman A. Jay Popoff, his guitar-playing brother Jeremy, bassist Kevin Baldes, and drummer Allen Shellenberger. The grouped formed in 1990 in Orange County, California, where it initially performed metal-influenced music under the name Razzle. After changing their name, Lit began embracing a spunky brand of punk-pop that helped attract a local following in California.
PERFORMANCE BEGINS AT 7:55 pm
The roots of Black Uhuru were formed in Kingston’s “Waterhouse” District in the late 60’s. The original Uhuru’s were Derrick “Duckie” Simpson, Euvin “Don Carlos” Spencer and Rudolph “Garth” Dennis. They recorded three tracks “Folk Song” “Time is on Our Side” and “Slow Coach”. Garth left and joined Wailing Souls and Don pursued a solo career.
Duckie reformed the group adding Michael Rose and Errol Nelson both from Waterhouse. They recorded the debut album “Love Crises” in 1977 for Prince Jammy. The album was later re-released as “Black Sounds of Freedom”. Errol later left to join The Jays. He was replaced by female singer Sandra “Puma” Jones and they teamed up with drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare.
This new line up with the added female backing vocals to Duckie’s harmony and Michaels lead along with the riddim twins Sly & Robbie they developed a unique sound. A style that was full of bass thumps, loud drum slaps, sharp keyboards, heavy guitar riffs, dubbed with long instrumentals full of whirly background dub echo noise effects and the signature “woh oh ohs”. This became the classic “uhuru” sound of the 80’s.
PERFORMANCE BEGINS AT 1:00 PM
Unwritten Law formed in Poway, California in 1990. Original drummer Wade Youman generally takes credit for starting the band. The band was founded by Youman, vocalist Chris Mussey, guitarist Matt Rathje, and bassist Craig Winters.
PERFORMANCE BEGINS AT 6:25 PM
Garage rock, afrobeat, and dubby smooth jazz played through broken speakers with some pop thrown in. With Marika Dahlin, Enya Preston, Tamara Raye, Matt Wignall, Erick Nieto, Jeff Suri, Anne Dereaux and other friends.
PERFORMANCE BEGINS AT 3:50 PM